Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Thursday said the smuggling of the drug Yaba could not be stopped as neighbouring Myanmar had failed to live up to its commitment.
‘Myanmar had promised on several occasions that they would look into the issue and take steps to stop Yaba smuggling, but they haven’t taken any initiative so far,’ he said.
The minister was addressing a programme organised by the Department of Narcotics Control at Osmani Memorial Auditorium, marking its 30th anniversary.
Asaduzzaman said the government was working so that the youth could be saved from the dangerous clutch of Yaba.
‘We’re working in three ways — reducing demand, reducing supply and setting up rehabilitation centres — to bring the drug addicts back to the normal life,’ he said.
The minister said the capacity of the country’s jails had been increased to 40,000 from 35,000 but those were now accommodating 80,000 inmates and most of them were accused in narcotics case.
He also said a process was underway to increase the number of courts to dispose of drug-related cases.
Asaduzzaman said Bangladesh was being used as route for the smuggling of drugs and the people of the country, particularly the young people, were being affected for that. The government was working so that Bangladesh could not be used as the drug-smuggling route, he added.
Jamal Uddin, director general of the Department of Narcotics Control, said drug peddlers were put on trial under a new law, while manpower, equipment and other facilities for the officials concerned had been increased.
Though the department was working in every district, drug rehabilitation centres were yet to be established in 23 districts, he said adding that an initiative had been taken for establishing the centres.
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